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Around the Divisions: The top two roll

No. 1 Canyon, No. 2 Hart retain spots after big wins

Posted: September 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Canyon High quarterback Cade Apsay (1) threw for a school-record 405 yards in Friday’s win over Knight. Canyon High quarterback Cade Apsay (1) threw for a school-record 405 yards in Friday’s win over Knight.
Canyon High quarterback Cade Apsay (1) threw for a school-record 405 yards in Friday’s win over Knight.

The Canyon Cowboys are scoring at a ridiculous pace and for the second week in a row, pollsters regard them as the top team in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.

After throttling Knight High of Palmdale 56-27, the Cowboys took the top ranking in Monday’s Northern Division — the second straight week they’ve held the position.

All of the same teams from last week’s poll remain in the top 10 this week, but there’s been some movement.
One of the two teams that saw the biggest dip is Valencia.

The Vikings tumbled four spots to No. 9 after a 41-27 loss to Chaminade last Friday.

Meanwhile, Antelope Valley, Palmdale and West Torrance each climbed three spots.

Here’s a look at the entire Northern Division’s top 10.

No. 1 Canyon (3-0); Last Friday: Beat Knight 56-27; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The Cowboys lit up the stat sheet again on offense.

It starts with quarterback Cade Apsay, who broke Jordan Adamczyk’s four-year-old school record by passing for 405 yards, eclipsing the former mark by three yards.

Apsay was 23-of-39 with five touchdowns.

Drew Wolitarsky caught nine passes for 159 yards.

He is now 55 receptions and 267 yards short of tying Steve Smith’s California prep records in both categories.

Canyon is at 0-2 Quartz Hill on Friday.

No. 2 Hart (1-1); Last Thursday: Beat Kennedy of La Palma 51-3: LWR: No. 2

The Indians were in a clear mismatch against Kennedy last Thursday.

Hart spotted the Fighting Irish three points, then reeled off the next 51 points.

Hart led 30-3 after the first quarter and there was a running clock in the fourth.

Trent Irwin scored on a 50-yard punt return and 81-yard touchdown reception and Connor Wingenroth scored on a 60-yard punt return and 35-yard rush.

Hart is at 2-1 Ridgeview of Bakersfield on Friday.

No. 3 Arroyo Grande (2-1); Last Friday: Beat Templeton 34-14, LWR: No. 3

The Eagles disposed of Templeton last Friday thanks to a balanced attack on offense.

Quarterback Matt Willkomm was 13-of-21 for 120 yards and two touchdowns while Arroyo Grande ran for 197 yards.
Michael Jordano ran for 73 yards on eight carries and scored twice.

Yet the Eagles defense did allow 257 rushing yards.

Up next for the Eagles is 1-2 Cabrillo of Lompoc on Friday.

No. 4 San Luis Obispo (1-2): Last Friday: Beat Oxnard 21-7; LWR: No. 6

The Tigers finally got on the board in 2012.

Interestingly, in their three games, they’ve scored 20, 20 and now 21 points.

Against Oxnard, they ran for big yardage with Sawyer Scott leading the way with 25 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown.

San Luis Obispo is at 2-1 Morro Bay on Friday.

No. 5 Antelope Valley (2-0); Last Friday: Beat Barstow 21-9; LWR: No. 8

The Antelopes jumped out to a 21-3 first-half lead and never looked back.

They have beaten two teams comfortably and turn their attention to 1-2 Burroughs of Ridgecrest on Friday.

No. 6 Palmdale (3-0); Last Friday: Beat Kennedy of Granada Hills 48-0; LWR: No. 9

Palmdale may have come into the season unranked, but is now rolling.

After beating Valencia Aug. 31, the Falcons pounded Kennedy of Granada Hills 48-0 last Friday.

Demario Richard rushed for three touchdowns and Jake Dashnaw threw two touchdown passes.

Palmdale has a bye this week.

No. 7 West Torrance (2-0); Last Friday: Beat Torrance 52-14; LWR: No. 10

The Warriors got rolling early and led 14-0 after a quarter.

Quarterback Joey Notch threw three touchdown passes — two delivered to Craig Knaus.

Torrance is at 2-0 El Segundo on Friday.

No. 8 Palos Verdes (0-2); Last Friday: Lost 25-22 to Central of Fresno; LWR: No. 4

Palos Verdes is yet to get on track.

The Sea Kings held a 22-18 lead until Central scored a touchdown with 3:02 to play in the game.

Brandon Chang and Roman Smith combined to lead Palos Verdes on the ground.

The Sea Kings are at 3-0 El Toro on Friday.

No. 9 Valencia (0-2); Last Friday: Lost 41-27 to Chaminade; LWR No. 5

The Vikings still haven’t been able to get things right thus far.

A big game for quarterback Sean Murphy (25-of-38 for 344 yards and three touchdowns) and a 27-20 lead wasn’t enough to put Valencia in the win column.

They have a big division matchup when they host No. 10 Righetti on Friday.

No. 10 Righetti (1-2); Last Friday: Lost 29-22 to St. Francis; LWR: No. 7

After a 55-15 thrashing of Cabrillo, Righetti lost to always tough St. Francis last Friday.

The Warriors got 126 yards on 16 carries from running back Collin Cooper and another 77 on 11 carries from Taelor Griego.

Quarterback Troy Prober was 12-for-23 for 159 yards with a touchdown and ran for 47 yards on seven carries.
Righetti trailed 22-8 after three quarters.

The Warriors play Valencia on Friday.

Some information for this story was gathered from, the High Desert Daily Press, The Daily Breeze and the Santa Maria Times.


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